Cantor Judy Merrick was born in Haifa, Israel and has been playing the guitar and performing since the age of 13. After serving in the Israeli Army, she went on to study at Tel-Aviv University where she earned a degree in theatre arts. Cantor Merrick is also a certified Israeli Dance instructor and she holds an Interior Design certification from NY School of Interior Design as well.

Cantor Merrick was certified by the Cantor Assembly as a Hazzan in March 2010.

While living in Israel she directed, choreographed and wrote original plays and musicals for the Department of Culture of Tel-Aviv and the Holon. She taught acting and dance as well.

After moving to Huntington Bay 16 years ago, she performed throughout the New York metropolitan area, leading Shabbat and holiday services and Israeli celebrations. Cantor Merrick as been the musical director for Temple Sinai of Roslyn for four years. She has also been teaching music in many different synagogues and temples, chanted Torah at South Huntington Jewish Center, and gave workshops for Jewish educators.


Cantor Merrick has been attending national and international Jewish music conferences for the lst 11 years, where she has had the opportunity to meet the most influential composers, Jewish musicians and Cantors in the USA and Canada. She is committed to bring the most updated and beautiful music to the Jewish community.

Cantor Merrick released her first album, "Journey" in 2006 and is currently working on her second album. Other recordings include the well known drummer and percussionist "Akiva the Believer" and concert recordings with other well known Cantors from the Long Island area.

In the spring of 2008 Cantor Merrick produced her first Cantorial concert at Temple Beth Sholom of Smithtown.

During 2011 Cantor Merrick created and produced the well known Cantorial concert, "Remember Us Unto Life", the celebration of the long lost music of Hazzan Shmuel Blasz, that perished in Auschwitz. This concert was covered by several newspapers and was attended by 250 people. Cantor Merrick was joined by 5 other Cantors and has been involved in producing and editing the CD and DVD that follows the concert.

Cantor Judy Merrick lives in the beautiful neighborhood of Huntington Bay NY with her husband Hal and her 17 year old son, Ron who follows in her steps by his love of music and arts. Her hobbies include taking long walks with her beloved golden retriever "Amber", swimming, dancing, traveling and listening to all kinds of music.

She held the position, Cantor of Temple Beth Sholom of Smithtown NY, from 2006-2012 and is currently the Cantor of Kehillat Shalom Synagoge of Cold Spring Harbor since 2013. Cantor Judy Merrick is a member of the Cantor's Assembly and the Guild of Temple Musicians.


Phone: 516.380.0910